Opinion

Off the Record, by Kevin Sweeney

Columns

My wife Marijo and I were watching the new CBS courtroom drama “Bull” on Tuesday, as we usually do (she likes Michael Weathersly — a lot), but with a little more anticipation than usual this week. We had heard that a local boy, David Rysdahl, was going to appear on the show. We ...

Our View: Trump should know we’re better than that

Editorials

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Getting through the next four years

Letters

To the editor: Some notes to myself on surviving the next four years: Continue trusting logic, common sense, when using such is disparaged, ignored, skipped over by holders of power at this juncture; Stay steady, calm, when bullied (humor is helpful); Pray, pray for ...

Oak Hills is a ‘gem’ for New Ulm community

Letters

To the editor: This letter is way overdue, but we would like to tell you about a “gem” in our community that many people take for granted, until you need it. We are speaking about Oak Hills Assisted Living and Nursing Home. Where does one begin? For almost two years, our parents, Stan ...

Brown County Browser: One in Four – Will it be you?

Columns

Mental illness is a condition that has been misunderstood and a treated as a source of shame for far too long.   Mental Illness is not a choice.  It is a disease of the brain that may cause disturbances in a person’s thinking, feelings, moods and ability to relate to other people.  Mental ...

Our View: Gorsuch can expect a battle

Editorials

Judge Neil Gorsuch can expect a stiff battle in getting his nomination to the Supreme Court approved by the Senate. That is simply the way the game is played these days. On Sunday we wrote about the difference between Democrats in Congress offering opposition and obstruction. We realize, ...

The journey of an immigrant – from New Delhi to New Ulm

Letters

To the editor: What does it feel like to me an immigrant to the US? More than a quarter of a century ago, I boarded a plane from New Delhi to the US. I had my green card (permanent resident alien) paperwork, and a huge package that contained my chest X-ray (declaring me free of ...

Want to feel better? Give!

Letters

To the editor: The lastest issue of the AARP magazine contains health tips that are worth noting.  For DEPRESSION the recommendations include giving a hug or getting a hug.  For even more relief, it suggests MAKING A DONATION.  Giving money to a good cause makes us feel happier, according ...

Our View: Give farmers a break

Editorials

Minnesota’s tax law places a burden on farmers when it comes to property tax levies for school construction bonds. Farmers who own lots of valuable land make up a substantial portion of the tax base in many rural school districts. While they get a break on school operating tax levy ...

Our View: Opposition, not obstructionism

Editorials

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Judges should not be picking winners

Letters

To the editor: As a Minnesotan I am embarrassed by our Senator Franken suggesting he will not vote to support Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court because Gorsuch “often sided with business over employees.” Judges are not charged with picking winners and losers.  Their charge is to ...

Correction

Letters

To the editor: I accidentally submitted the wrong number in paragraph four of my “Pro Abortion vs. Pro-Life” letter on Saturday. It should have read: “This was the 44th consecutive March For Life since Roe vs Wade made abortions legal, with an estimated loss of 58 million lives since ...

What’s Going On, by Greg Orear

Columns

It was a simple, two-panel comic. The first panel portrayed a caricature of President Obama at a microphone urging respect of all life, regardless of color, race, or religion. The second panel depicted an unborn child in the womb, questioning “where’s the respect for my life.” The ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Madelia Miracle THUMBS UP: This time last year, the eyes of the state were focused on Madelia, where a devastating fire had ripped through a block of the Main Street business district. What was going to happen to those eight affected businesses? To the town itself? How could they bounce ...

Pro-Abortion vs. Pro-Life

Letters

To the editor: Over the past two weeks, there were two very different marches that took place in Washington D.C. The Left-leaning Women’s March on 1/21, insisted that the administration was hurting women. But, as most Americans agree, abortion hurts women more. Family Research Council ...

Immigrant discrimination

Letters

To the editor: Last year on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, MPR re-ran a story on WWII through the eyes of New Ulm residents. (https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/07/mpr_news_presents) Have you listened to it? If not, please seek it out and do. Not only is it an interesting bit of New ...

There’s a new sheriff in town

Letters

To the editor: A little response to the Letter to the Editor which appeared in the Wednesday, Feb. 1 edition of The Journal entitled “Opposition to Trump Policies.” When Obama won eight years ago he told McCain “We won, you lost.” Now it’s Republicans turn, they could say, “We ...

Our View: Standing against hate

Editorials

The trial of Allen “Lance” Scarsella ended in Hennepin County Court on Wednesday with a guilty verdict. To some in the courtroom, it was a surprising verdict, given that Scarsella is white, 10 of the 12 jurors were white, and the victims of Scarsella’s crime were black. Scarsella had ...

Hoping there will be a bonding bill

Letters

To the editor: In The Journal article on Jan. 27 Gov. Dayton called for $75 million for the expansion of pre-k school funding. In The Journal on Jan. 28 Senator Dahms calls for $184 million for the expansion of Hwy. 14 to 4 lanes from Nicollet to New Ulm while Rep. Torkelson calls for $117 ...